By guest, May 23 2017 07:40AM
"Rest in peace" (Latin: Requiescat in pace) is a short epitaph wishing eternal rest and peace to someone who has died. The expression is typically engraved on headstones, often abbreviated as R.I.P. or RIP. The phrase was not found on tombstones before the eighth century. It became present on the tombs of Christians in the 18th century, and for High Church Anglicans, as well as Roman Catholics in particular, it was a prayerful request that their soul should find peace in the afterlife.